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Beat d Heat – Health authorities advice to beat the high temperatures

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Beat d Heat - Health authorities advice to beat the high temperaturesAccording to the Met Office, the maximum temperature is expected to reach 37 degrees on Wednesday, and around 34 on Thursday, with similar temperatures until the weekend.

With this in mind, the Health Division has advised on the importance of keeping well hydrated during these very hot summer months.

One of the problems is that water can be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration in high temperatures. This can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke, it said.

The Health Division warned that the heat can affect anyone, at any age, but that are some that run a greater risk of serious harm, these include older people, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions and the physically active.

To avoid the effects of a heat wave the Authorities said that it is important to:

• Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am till 4.00pm.

• Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work

• Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food

• Seek advice if you have any concerns.

The Authorities are also urging people to check regularly on elderly people, especially if they live alone and those more at risk.

For those requiring medical assistance or advice on heat related symptoms, they should please visit their nearest Government health centre.

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